Boxscore
Kansas 73, Saint Louis 59
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 9:30 PM
Location - Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
Officials - Terry Davis, Kipp Kissinger, Mike Stuart
Attendance - 10315

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Saint Louis 25 34 59
Kansas 39 34 73

Recap


No. 11 Kansas 73, Saint Louis 59
: Jeff Withey tied his career high with 25 points and blocked six shots to lead the Jayhawks to a win in the championship game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City.

Travis Releford had 21 of his 23 points in the first half for the Jayhawks (4-1), who led wire-to-wire in winning their third straight game and claiming the tournament title for the first time.

Cody Ellis helped the Billikens (2-2) stay in it by scoring 16 of his 19 points after halftime. Mike McCall Jr. added 13 points and Dwayne Evans hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds.

The Jayhawks led by as many as 18 points in the first half, but a 3-pointer by McCall pulled Saint Louis within 11 only seconds into the second half. Releford was held scoreless after the break until his dunk with 4:49 left put Kansas up 65-51.

Ellis made consecutive 3-pointers to pull the Billikens to within nine points with 3:52 to play, but Withey responded with a three-point play and a dunk to spark a decisive 8-0 surge in the closing minutes.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Already without their leading scorer from last season, Kwamain Mitchell (foot), Saint Louis played much of the second half without starting guard Jordair Jett, who had a groin issue. ...  Releford was 4-for-6 from long range in the first half. No other Jayhawk even attempted a 3-pointer until the second half. ... Kansas owns a 13-3 series advantage.

Saint Louis Billikens

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Cory Remekun 31:00 4-7 0-0 2-3 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 2 10
Jordair Jett 9:00 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 1 1 0 0
Mike McCall Jr. 39:00 3-6 2-4 5-6 0 4 4 3 2 0 3 0 13
Rob Loe 16:00 0-4 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 0 3 0 0
Dwayne Evans 35:00 2-5 1-3 3-4 1 10 11 1 3 0 0 0 8
Cody Ellis 36:00 6-20 4-12 3-4 2 5 7 2 1 0 3 0 19
Jake Barnett 33:00 3-8 3-3 0-0 3 1 4 1 1 0 1 0 9
John Manning 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 18-52 10-26 13-17 6 23 29 9 18 1 12 2 59
  34.6% 38.5% 76.5% Team Rebs: 1   Total TO: 12

Kansas Jayhawks

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Jeff Withey 33:00 7-12 0-0 11-14 3 2 5 0 1 2 3 7 25
Travis Releford 36:00 7-13 4-7 5-6 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 23
Kevin Young 27:00 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 8 8 3 3 0 1 0 2
Elijah Johnson 34:00 2-7 1-2 0-0 0 4 4 9 2 1 2 0 5
Ben McLemore 25:00 5-9 1-3 0-0 0 6 6 1 2 0 0 0 11
Perry Ellis 9:00 2-5 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 1 3 1 1 0 4
Naadir Tharpe 22:00 1-5 1-1 0-0 1 3 4 2 1 1 0 0 3
Jamari Traylor 12:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 0
Rio Adams 2:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 24-53 7-13 18-22 6 27 33 17 17 8 9 9 73
  45.3% 53.8% 81.8% Team Rebs: 0   Total TO: 9